Friday, September 30, 2005

iPod Subway Maps

This site has a whole bunch of maps for your ipod. The maps are broken up images that can also be put back together if your a map enthusiest (like me).


How to Build Your First Surfboard

Some guy named Steve gives us instructions on how to build our first surfboard. [Link]

btw: only other link on the site is "Quick Spanish for Travellers". [Link]

Little Prada in the Desert

Stick a building with no doors in the middle of nowhere, TX and see how long each passerby tries to find it (the door) and misses the point.

[From NYTimes]: TEXAS, as big as it is, does not have a Prada store. It does have Neiman Marcus, which carries plenty of Prada merchandise, but the state cannot boast a free-standing store dedicated to Miuccia Prada's expensive shoes and oddly shaped bags...

...The sculpture is meant to look like a Prada store, with minimalist white stucco walls and a window display housing real Prada shoes and handbags from the fall collection. But there is no working door....

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Tim O'Reilly profiled by Steven Levy

Here is a nicely done profile of one of the most important authors, in my opinion, of our time (via boing boing).

Cory Doctorow: Wired Magazine has a fantastic, in-depth feature on Tim O'Reilly, the publisher of O'Reilly and Associates (world's greatest tech books, hands down). The feature is written by Steven Levy, he of Hackers, Insanely Great and Crypto fame (Hackers was a huge influence on me and a big part of how I ended up working in tech). Between Tim's insight and Levy's vivid writing, this is one of the best profiles I've ever read.

By 1983, O'Reilly had learned enough about computers to start his own business. He set up shop in a converted barn in Newton, Massachusetts-, with about a dozen people, all working in a chaotic open room. "The company then was a loose confederation of people who knew Tim," says Dale Dougherty, who fell into the circle in 1984 and is now O'Reilly's most trusted associate and a 15 percent partner in the business.

What happened in that room was a small revolution in technical writing. The O'Reilly approach was to figure out what a system did and plainly describe how you could work around problems you encountered. "The house style was colloquial - simple and straightforward," Dougherty says. "And the other thing was to tell the whole story, not just what's easy to say."

In 1988, O'Reilly and Associates was producing- a two-volume guide to the programming libraries of the X-Windows system; in the process of showing it to vendors for licensing, people kept asking if they could buy single copies. MIT was about to host a conference on the system, and O'Reilly figured he'd give it a shot. "We went to a local copy shop that night and produced around 300 manuals," he recalls. "Without any authorization, we set up a table in the lobby, with a sign saying copies of an Xlib manual would be available at 4:30. By 4 pm, there was this line of 150 people. They were literally throwing money at us, or sailing their credit cards over other people's heads. That was when we went, 'Publishing could be a really big business.'"

Wired Profile

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Two Headed Tortoise found in Havana, Cuba

Castro quickly names them both Fidel.

Rollyo Beta lets user choose which web sites to search

Not sure why this didn't come out alot earlier. Rollyo is a personalized search engine that lets you create a user-profile, and search different groups of websites. They also let you browse already created public search groupings from internet celebs (Steve Rubel), movie stars (Rosario Dawson), and others.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Web Tards Awards

Courtesy of GorillaMask, these prestigious awards honor such american heroes as the Star Wars Kid, Aicha, and Numa Numa. If you don't remember these legends of e-history, then be sure to check 'em out.

Invisibility Cloak

This would be loads of fun in the mental ward.

Original Story (via BBC)
Via Real Tech News
Link to video